Table Top Press Pot Review

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Earlier this year, I posted an article titled Buying a French Press - Picking the Right One. I isolated the only three variables that I felt were necessary to make a purchase decision. Those variables were:

  1. For Travel? (glass or plastic)
  2. Size
  3. Aesthetics

After receiving the 32 ounce Table Top Press Pot from Planetary Design, I can add a possible fourth variable: insulation. Now, if you are the type that brews your french press coffee in a comfortable room temperature and then immediately pours out the coffee, insulation probably won't matter. If you are in a cold garage or camp site, insulation is more important. According the Planetary Design web site, the Table Top Press Pot is insulated with "double-walled, vacuum-insulated, 18/8 restaurant-grade stainless steel."

I decided to run a test to see how the Planetary Design model compared with my glass french press. My kitchen was 68 degrees. I filled both press pots with water just off a boil and then took temperature readings at 10, 20, 30, 40 and 60 minutes. The Planetary Design model destroyed the glass press pot on insulation. See the chart below.

Press Pot Temperature Chart
Press Pot Temperature Chart

Some Plastic

The Planetary Design Press Pot does have some plastic in the filter part which makes contact with the water. I contacted the company about this and they pointed out that all their plastic is Bisphenol A (BPA) free. For those determined to use zero plastic, I attempted to use a standard press pot plunger. It did not make a snug fit. You are better off using their plunger.

Planetary Design Table Top Press Pot
Planetary Design Table Top Press Pot

Brewing Quality

The Planetary Design Press Pot has a tighter fit than my glass press pot. It also uses a fine nylon filter. The result is a slightly cleaner cup of coffee than most french press designs. I also used the pot several times to make oolong tea. Tea fans know that oolong tea is often rolled into tight balls and it needs room to unwind and make contact with water. A typical tea filter is not ideal for oolong tea. A french press is a good solution.

Oolong Tea Trapped inside Tea Filter
Not ideal. Oolong Tea Trapped inside Tea Filter

It's Pretty

I thought I didn't care about aesthetics, but the Planetary Table Top looks really nice. It comes in four colors: Chrome, Black, Green Tea and Mocha.

Planetary Design Table Top Stainless Steel French Presses 32oz Black
Planetary Design Table Top Stainless Steel French Presses 32oz Black (AMAZON.COM)

Last Words

I honestly didn't think I needed another french press until I got a chance to play with the Planetary Design Table Top Press Pot. It is ideal for travel, as glass press pots tend to shatter easily. It holds temperature extremely well and makes a great cup of coffee.

Resources

Planetary Design - Official site.

Planetary Design Table Top Stainless Steel French Presses - Amazon page.

Buying a French Press - Picking the Right One - INeedCoffee article to help you getting started on a Press Pot purchase.

Troubleshooting French Press Coffee - Once you have your french press, here are some ideas to make your coffee taste great.

Disclaimer: The author received one 32 ounce press pot from Planetary Design for this review.

Published: June 2010, Last Modified: July 2013, Author Google+